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A View on Obamacare

by Mars ( 62 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Blogmocracy, Communism, Corruption, Cult of Obama, Democratic Party, Economy, Election 2014, Free Speech, government, Guest Post, Health Care, Healthcare, Liberal Fascism, Marxism, Politics, Progressives, Republican Party, Socialism, Unions at October 25th, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Christopher Ruddy: Don’t Delay Obamacare

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 07:50 PM

By Christopher Ruddy

I’m baffled by calls from opponents of Obamacare to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

There is growing support among Democrats, and perhaps even the White House, to support a delay.

Now, a number of conservatives I respect are among those who support a one-year delay as a first step toward abolishing Obamacare. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is now seeking to delay implementation of the individual mandate for at least six months.

The thinking apparently is that once Obamacare is fully in force, it will be with us forever. I believe that is not necessarily the case.

The key to stopping Obamacare is for its opponents to win in congressional elections in 2014. Delaying Obamacare only helps the Democrats who support this boondoggle.

Just look at the poll numbers showing widespread opposition to Obamacare. A CNN poll last month disclosed that 57 percent of Americans now oppose the bill, and just 39 percent support it. An earlier survey by a Heritage Foundation affiliate found that 77 percent of respondents opposed Obamacare.

Even the labor unions that backed Obama and had supported his healthcare reform bill have now turned against it over concerns that members could lose their current healthcare coverage, and the powerful AFL-CIO is calling for significant changes in the law.

To top it off, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who helped write the Affordable Care Act, has admitted that the law has become a “huge train wreck.”

President Obama maintains that his election and re-election demonstrated support for the bill.

The truth is that neither election was a referendum on Obamacare. In 2008 he ran against the George W. Bush legacy, and in 2012 against Mitt Romney, making Romney the issue.
But the 2014 elections could prove to be that referendum on Obamacare — a vote that produces a Republican landslide.

By Election Day next year, young people who backed Obama will have seen the law’s full wrath in skyrocketing insurance premiums or the fines they will have to pay for not carrying insurance.

In fact, Americans who are currently insured and small businesses will see premiums soar, while Medicare recipients will be harmed by $700 billion in Medicare cuts and reduced payments to providers.

So let Obamacare be implemented and allow the voters to decide come 2014.

Already Obama has shown that he wants delays and has made revisions to the law, including arbitrarily delaying implementation of the employer mandate to provide insurance — despite the fact that he has no constitutional right to change the law passed by Congress.

Columnist George Will wrote: “Where does the Constitution confer upon presidents the ‘executive authority’ to ignore the separation of powers by revising laws?”

Another columnist, Charles Krauthammer, observed: “The Constitution says the executive has to faithfully execute the laws and here it is faithfully ignoring a law it doesn’t like.”

I am shocked that as Republican members seek to help Obama get his law delayed, there has been no uproar in Congress about the president’s decision to begin ruling by decree. But on Oct. 1, the day when the Affordable Care Act was supposed to allow access to the new healthcare exchanges, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate for a year.

The suit was filed on behalf of Florida dentist Dr. Larry Kawa, who declared: “The president has no more power than you or I do to change the law.”

Obama is afraid that if the law is fully implemented, there will be a massive blowback against the Democrats who support it going into the critical 2014 elections.

The blowback is becoming evident as Americans see firsthand the unfolding disaster of the $300 million healthcare website that doesn’t work.

So, let’s not play Obama’s delay game. Let the law go into effect as required and let the voters decide next November about its future.

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As many of you know I was down for the fight against this disaster because I saw how it was going to hurt families, my own included. Well, at this point I agree with the many on here who said we should let it go and hang it around the neck of the Democrats. Better to deal with the small fine and minimal damage this year than let it keep growing and growing until it’s full destructive power has been reached.

Let this be the Dems albatross into 2014, let them own the damn thing. Not that I expect the Republican elites to follow this tactic. So, I will be recommending to everyone to follow Glenn Becks advice. Pull your funds from the Republican National machine, make it clear why you are doing this. But, follow this up by supporting your local politicians that actually do stand for what you believe, take away the lifeline the elites rely on and start making changes at your local level. Support who you feel comfortable with, you will be surprised how many will agree with you. I may not have funds to give, but all my support on the street will be given only to candidates that I can agree with most of the time.

Term limits would also be nice but there is no chance that it will ever be implemented. Once you have created a permanent political class, those people cease to act in the interests of their constituents and will only act in their own self interest. This is a destructive poison running throughout our political process.

For Sale; 1 Congress, 1 million Dollars or best offer…

by Guest Post ( 172 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, government, Republican Party at October 22nd, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Guest Blogger: Doriangrey


How do you define corruption, is it mere mendacious malfeasance, or is it something more tangible?


Exclusive–Documents: Congress Charges Secret Fee to Land Top Committee Spots

Members of Congress must pay secret fees known as “party dues” to the Democratic and Republican parties to secure and maintain top committee chairmanships and assignments, newly uncovered internal documents reveal.

The never-before-published lists are reprinted inside the new book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, written by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer.

Senior congressional staffers say the committee price lists have long been rumored to exist but that few people on Capitol Hill have seen them, giving them an almost “mythical” quality.

The book contains copies of the Democratic and Republican price lists detailing how much money lawmakers must raise to obtain and keep their seats on congressional committees. The so-called “party dues” lawmakers must contribute for committee assignments are separate and apart from the fundraising they conduct for their own campaigns. If lawmakers fail to make their tribute payment to their party, they can lose their place on a powerful committee.

“These party dues are not voluntary,” writes Schweizer. “Members are not asked to pay—they are required to pay.”

In the 2013-2014 election cycle, the going rate for a Democratic assignment as the ranking member on a top committee like the House Ways and Means or Financial Services Committees is $500,000. Schweizer reports that Democrats also use a “members points system” that rewards its members for attending party fundraisers.

Prices on the Republican House committee list are higher due to the GOP’s House majority—a fact that creates even greater opportunities for lawmakers to extract donations from the industries a committee oversees. According to Schweizer, the GOP price sheet is actually posted on the wall of the Republican Congressional Committee and contains red marks beside the names of lawmakers who fall behind on their party dues.

GOP prices for committee posts vary widely. For example, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who is the chairman of the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, is expected to extract $990,000 from donors for the GOP. The chairman of the less powerful House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, is required to bag just $405,000.

When a woman (or a man) sells their sexual favors, society pretty much as a whole calls them whores. It’s not a pretty word, and it carries a very ugly stigma. But what both the Democrats and the Republicans are doing is so vile it makes being called a whore seem downright respectable.

These committees that various members of Congress are buying their way unto are the very same committees that decide which laws get passed, what taxes get levied, and how much spending the United States Federal Government engages in. More importantly, these are the exact same committees that decide that members of Congress shall be exempted from the very laws that they saddle the entire rest of the nation with. Like exempting themselves from Obamanationcare, or from Insider Trading Laws.

These committees include the utterly and totally corrupt House Ethics Committee which is tasked with ensuring that members of Congress obey the nations laws.

Let be honest here and face reality, nobody pays millions dollars to get a job that pays $150,000 a year if they don’t think they are going to get those millions back. Look at how many Congressmen and Senators are straight up multimillionaires. Harry Reid made millions by buying land cheap, that he knew was going to be purchased by the Federal Government. Dianne Fienstien illegally funneled hundreds of BILLIONS of federal dollars to her husbands company.

Through the use of Continuing Resolutions Congress has made in excess of 7 TRILLION DOLLARS vanish into thin air. No one in the entire Federal Government can account for where that money went. This is corruption and pure outright theft on a scale so massive even people who KNOW that it is taking place can’t believe that it is just that, corruption and theft.

The Department of Injustice has been bought off and compromised, even the SCOTUS, the Highest Court in the Land does not have clean hands in this. This is corruption beyond anything ever seen anywhere or when in human history. This is a genuine case of not just the Foxes guarding the Hen-house, but the Foxes Mother writing them a note asserting that the Foxes had nothing to do with the Chickens disappearance, and the Courts accepting her note as factual evidence.

Congress has the lowest approval rating in the entire history of Congress, yet these crooks continue to get reelected, and they keep getting reelected because despite their abysmal approval rating, nearly everyone insists on believing the painfully obvious lie, that their Congressperson or senator is the one good Congressperson or Senator. when the truth is, that the only ones who are complete and total crooks, liars and thieves, are the ones who haven’t been in Congress long enough to buy important positions of power and authority yet.

The system is literally designed to ensure that every person elected to office becomes a criminal. More importantly, the ones tasked with ensuring that this does not happen, are the very ones that guarantee that not only does it happen, but that nothing is ever done to reform the system.

More People Sign-up for One-way Ticket to Mars Than Sign-up for Obamacare

by huckfunn Comments Off
Filed under Barack Obama, Business, Corruption, Cult of Obama, Debt, Democratic Party, Economy, government, Headlines, Health Care, IRS, Marxism, Misery Index, Regulation, Socialism, taxation, unemployment at October 18th, 2013 - 8:41 am

I’m shocked… shocked. The Obamacare monstrosity is the worst law ever imposed on the American people. I hope the voters will remember that next year.

A startup venture recruiting people for a one-way, 43 million mile trip to live on Mars has generated more signatures than all the Obamacare health insurance plans combined.

Just 712 people in Vermont have enrolled in the state’s new health insurance exchange, despite $9 million in outreach, advertising and other PR expenses paid for by the federal government.

The entire state of Alaska has yet to register a single person, according to Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

(‘Juneau how many people have signed up?’ asks one cheeky blogger. ‘Hint: It’s a round number!’)

A CNN medical correspondent has found that the online Obamacare system, which was reportedly first tested just days before its Oct. 1 launch, is now spontaneously deleting some Americans’ passwords.

The website itself, according to The Weekly Standard, includes pilfered source code but excludes a required copyright notice required by its author.

With $394 million in contracts in the rear-view mirror, the Obama administration has an online white elephant on its hands that hasn’t worked as advertised.

Krystal Ball, an MSNBC commentator best known for a series of racy ‘naughty Santa’ photos that circled the Internet in 2010, confessed on Thursday that she was ‘embarrassed to admit’ she once worked for the company that created the federal government’s Obamacare website.

Is the Affordable Care Act officially the most dysfunctional and disaster-prone launch in history?

Congress, which suddenly has time on its hands after weeks of shutdown and debt-Armageddon liars poker, is about to ask some tough questions.

Read the entire article here. 

ACORN Stepping up to “Help”

by Mars ( 191 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Blogmocracy, Crime, Cult of Obama, Democratic Party, Free Speech, government, Guest Post, Health Care, Healthcare, History, Liberal Fascism, Marxism, Political Correctness, Politics, Progressives, Socialism, Unions at October 7th, 2013 - 4:00 pm

From The American Spectator

Obama’s ACORN Pals Cashing In on Obamacare Enrollment

By Matthew Vadum on 10.1.13 @ 6:51PM

If you’ve been listening to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show today, you know this already: President Obama’s old friends in the ACORN crime syndicate have decided to get a piece of the big-money Obamacare action.

United Labor Unions (ULU) Local 100 in New Orleans, which is run by ACORN founder Wade Rathke, announced on its Facebook page that it’s gearing up “to do mass enrollment and help navigate people into the marketplaces in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas under the Affordable Care Act!”

Be afraid.

Wherever Rathke goes, lawlessness follows.

Before his calamitous 38-year tenure as ACORN chief organizer ended in his expulsion from the group in 2008, Rathke covered up a million-dollar embezzlement involving the nonprofit’s pension funds. He presided over massive campaigns involving identity fraud in furtherance of voter fraud. (ACORN even knowingly hired felons convicted of identity theft to work on voter registration drives, giving them custody of sensitive voter information.)

As I showed in my ACORN/Obama expose, Subversion Inc., ACORN is also infamous for storming hospital emergency rooms and city council chambers, using mob violence against bank executives and other shakedown targets, and ruthlessly exploiting its own employees and going to court to seek an exemption from minimum wage laws.

At least 54 individuals who either worked for ACORN and its affiliates, or who were connected to ACORN have been convicted of voter fraud. ACORN Inc., the parent nonprofit that led the ACORN network, was itself convicted of election fraud in Nevada two years ago. Before Congress defunded ACORN in 2009, about $79 million in federal grants underwrote this criminal activity.

Now as part of the Obamacare enrollment process, Rathke and his fellow community organizers will have unfettered access to confidential information on thousands of people seeking health insurance.

Given who’s running ULU, it is a foregone conclusion that ULU Obamacare enrollers will abuse the sensitive financial, medical, and demographic information they take from vulnerable Americans, using the data for community organizing and partisan political advantage.

That’s how Rathke operated when he headed ACORN, which filed bankruptcy in late 2010 and splintered into more than two dozen new groups.

“Local 100’s role as a Navigator, suggest[s] the program is less about health care and more about building a new progressive infrastructure,” says longtime ACORN-watcher Mike Flynn of Breitbart.com.

Among the other left-wing groups hopping on the Obamacare navigator bandwagon are the Democrat-friendly Planned Parenthood, National Urban League, and Virginia Poverty Law Center Inc.

Other left-wing groups have signed up with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as “Champions of Coverage.” They vow to promote enrollment by emailing their members, hanging posters, giving out fact sheets and brochures, holding conference calls, or promoting enrollment in other ways.

Among the Champions of Coverage are Families USA, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

Enrollment will be a dangerous free-for-all because Obamacare “navigators” are barely regulated at all. By the way, the only reason there are any “navigators” is to help the left, as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has more or less admitted. Imposing rules would only interfere with community organizers’ ability to wreak havoc and spread the gospel of so-called social justice.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican office holder who is painfully aware of ACORN’s antics over the years, warns that the Obamacare navigator program, like Obamacare overall, is deeply flawed:

The “navigators” are prohibited from having financial ties to an insurance company, but other than that there are few constraints. Union organizers and community activists are among the types that are allowed to be hired as ‘navigators’, and having prior experience working in the health care field doesn’t seem to necessarily be a pre-requisite for the job. I wonder what percentage of these ‘navigators’ will be partisan Democrats?

These community organizers will have access to “social security numbers and tax information” and HHS isn’t even planning on running background checks before sending them out into the field. “Besides the obvious identity theft concerns, this is a frightening development in light of the political activities and invasion of privacy, which the IRS and others have engaged in during the Obama presidency,” Jindal says.

But as we’ve learned in the Obama era, this kind of craziness is par for the course with community organizers.

http://spectator.org/blog/2013/10/01/obamas-acorn-pals-cashing-in-o

People who should be sitting in prison are going to be handling peoples personal information including SSN’s and medical data. The current regime is a criminal cabal and should be dealt with accordingly.

RELATED INFO:
Here’s some amazing info from Newsmax. Reince Preibus really hits it out of the park with a couple of prime money quotes.

Priebus: Obamacare a Lemon, Not Ready for Primetime

Thursday, 03 Oct 2013 12:28 PM

By Lisa Barron

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus underlined the many flaws in the Affordable Care Act Thursday morning, pointing to technical problems and enrollment delays.

“It clearly is a law that just isn’t ready for primetime,” he said in a morning conference call, adding, “Barack Obama knows he’s selling a lemon.”

When asked by a reporter why the GOP forced a shutdown debate rather than letting Obamacare go through and fail on its own, Priebus responded, “Clearly, if I was just being purely political sure, why not let these exchanges go through, let these Democrats continue to vote for these unpopular things. Obviously doing what’s politically right isn’t always what’s right for the American people.”

“It’s not fair, it’s not working, people don’t’ want it, so there’s a serious obligation to put that ahead of politics,” he added.

Republican Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who was also on the call, maintained that the party is putting the protection of the American public over political considerations.

“Democrats have to live with those consequences already,” he said, adding, “My responsibility is trying to reduce or eliminate as many of these effects going forward as possible.”

Priebus later played down polls showing that more voters blame Republicans than Democrats for the government shutdown.

“Governing by simply looking at daily tracking polls isn’t probably the right way to govern. Most people believe that Obamacare is wrong for America,” he said.

He also pointed his finger at the Democrats, saying their refusal to negotiate on the healthcare law led to the shutdown.

“Republicans have been offering deal after deal only to be met with a brick wall,” Priebus said, noting that Obama “was happy to call the leader of Iran and talk to him at length apparently. But he’s not willing to talk to Republicans. I think that’s pretty unbelievable.”

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/priebus-obamacare-lemon-primetime/2013/10/03/id/529135#ixzz2goVbG7BN
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And a special presentation for Goldwaterite from the same link.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/kateandrews/2013/09/27/67-million-of-obamacare-funds-allocated-to-irs-missing-n1710440

$67 million allocated to an IRS slush fund for the purpose of rolling out Obamacare is unaccounted for, according to a report issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

When the Affordable Care Act was adopted in 2010, it included a provision to establish a $1 billion Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund “to pay for the Federal administrative expenses to carry out the ACA”—yet another joyous discovery about the bill that passed “so that you can find out what is in it.”

So far, the IRS has been allocated $488 million from the HIRIF to help the agency prepare for the “law’s numerous tax provisions.” The audit was performed to determine whether the IRS had used the funds appropriately to create an “adequate process to accurately account for and report selected ACA implementation costs charged to the HIRIF.”

The report—released just two weeks before the launch of Obamacare Exchanges—reveals that Obamacare finances are already in ruins. Take a look:

Affordable Care Act: Tracking of Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund Costs Could Be Improved

…The IRS did not track all costs associated with implementation of the ACA including costs not charged to the HIRIF. Specifically, the IRS did not account for or attempt to quantify approximately $67 million of indirect ACA costs incurred for Fiscal Years 2010 through 2012. Indirect costs include, for example, providing employees with workspace and information technology support.

The IRS established a methodology to track ACA costs in its accounting records. However, the IRS accounted for only direct costs, such as labor and contract costs, because it did not believe that indirect costs should be recovered from the HIRIF…

…By not also identifying and tracking indirect costs, the IRS lacks complete information regarding the full cost of ACA implementation. This lack of complete information on ACA implementation costs limits the IRS’s ability to accurately report to stakeholders the total resources it applied to the ACA implementation and fully estimate the resources needed in the future for this effort.

This is just the beginning. If the IRS managed to mishandle $67 million during the preparation process, what’s going to happen when the agency is responsible for overseeing the new Obamacare tax regulations that affect every American citizen?

I can’t help but think this may be connected to ACORN’s involvement in Ocare.

It looks like ACORN is going to be busy if these comments from the actual Obamacare facebook account are to be believed.

21. “I am so disappointed. These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!”

20. “Good grief. Day three of trying and still can’t get on this website. The government KNEW about this thing going live for two years. TWO YEARS! And this is the best they could do? I shudder to think what’s going to happen once they are in control of my healthcare. They can’t even get their website functioning properly. If my business had rolled out a piece of crap that worked like this I’d be out of business.”

19. “How is it that Facebook, which is a non-essential social networking web site, can reliably handle BILLIONS of electronic interactions per second, but the Healthcare.gov site, which is literally the very heart of the Obamacare program wasn’t ready for the obvious millions of visitors that you had to know it would be receiving?”

18. “i’m just going to stop even bothering for a couple weeks or so… once the fervor dies down, hopefully i’ll be able to actually create an account!”

17. “The Federal Gov’t has ruined everything it has gotten involved in, does anybody really expect this healthcare disaster to be any different? Sorry, I’ll take the asinine fine.”

16. “And yet another day and several tries I once again keep getting nothing but a completely blank page after I log in. The top tab says ‘Successful URL’. Oh how ironic.”

15. “Didn’t these Feds ever have mothers that told them not to lie? Maybe they were raised in the wild. This system is trash. I can’t verify my identity or upload documents. Also what’s with Experian verifying ID’s? Don’t care for that at all.”

14. “I am a single mother of two, in school and working full time, living 75% below the poverty level and I DO NOT qualify for a healthcare subsidy”

13. “the website can’t verify my identity…the people at the experian verification number can’t verify my identity either….i tried to upload a scan of my driver’s license, and that won’t work either……very annoying process…….i’ve wasted 3 days on this junk.”

12. “if you’re stupid enough to put all your banking information in to the federal governments computers you are definitely part of the problem”

11. “Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this “bronze” health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening.”

10. “I have one question. What happens if I can’t afford the Affordable Health Care that you are cramming down my throat? I just ran your calculator, and if it is even close to accurate, I will have a choice…..I can pay my rent and buy groceries, or I can pay the health care premiums, move out into the streets and live under a bridge some where, and go hungry! Can I please get one of those exemption things that the President and Congress got?”

9. “I’ve been stuck at the security questions since 9am on October 1st”

8. “Death Panels. Yes. The red plan. It’s affordable. And painless!”

7. “Here in Austin, TX have gotten to login screen three times today, wait is getting shorter, but am still getting a blank screen after getting a quick ‘authenticating, please wait’ message at top left of screen, then nothing but a blank white page and no indication that the browser is waiting for the server to do anything. Attempts to refresh the screen sends me back to the please wait screen.”

6. “I finally got past the security question problem, got my account, my verification email, and when I went to log in, it said the information was invalid.”

5. “I want to know how I am expected to pay $300+ for this and still pay my bills when the only income is $710 a month from my husband’s SSI? Am i supposed to lose my home and water and electricity or go to jail because I can’t afford this?”

4. “Government forces people to pay a new tax. People click on website to see how much this new tax will cost them. Website crashes in the first hour. Government calls it a huge success.”

3. “I work a minimum wage job…how the heck can I afford health insurance and if the company doesn’t give full time? I am so angry right now…. I share housing with others because I can’t afford my own place… how do you expect people to afford obamacare if they barely get by from paycheck to paycheck????? I can’t afford a fine either! I think you are obligated to give the American people an answer and an explanation!”

2. “Y’all can kiss my butt. You got that? You want my bank account? I’ll close it. You put a lien on my house? Take it…and the mortgage too. Some things are worth fighting for, and freedom is one of them! I am sick and tired of the redistribution strategies of this socialist country and having my wages STOLEN to pay for them!”

1. The best comment was posted by a man named Will Sheehan with type 1 diabetes who was initially very excited to sign up for Obamacare. But what he discovered while trying to sign up was absolutely horrifying…

I actually made it through this morning at 8:00 A.M. I have a preexisting condition (Type 1 Diabetes) and my income base was 45K-55K annually I chose tier 2 “Silver Plan” and my monthly premiums came out to $597.00 with $13,988 yearly deductible!!! There is NO POSSIBLE way that I can afford this so I “opt-out” and chose to continue along with no insurance.

I received an email tonight at 5:00 P.M. informing me that my fine would be $4,037 and could be attached to my yearly income tax return. Then you make it to the “REPERCUSSIONS PORTION” for “non-payment” of yearly fine. First, your drivers license will be suspended until paid, and if you go 24 consecutive months with “Non-Payment” and you happen to be a home owner, you will have a federal tax lien placed on your home. You can agree to give your bank information so that they can easy “Automatically withdraw” your “penalties” weekly, bi-weekly or monthly! This by no means is “Free” or even “Affordable.”

http://thetruthwins.com/archives/21-of-the-best-comments-posted-by-frustrated-americans-on-the-official-obamacare-facebook-page

It looks like the LIV’s are being forced to wake up in the most brutal way possible.

Obama and the Democrats Wage War on Americans

by huckfunn ( 90 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Censorship, Cult of Obama, Democratic Party, Eric Holder, government, Joe Biden, Misery Index, Political Correctness, Politics, Progressives, Regulation, Socialism at October 6th, 2013 - 9:53 am

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The Obama regime and the democrats continue their war on Americans with a calculated fury. Below are just a few examples, but please continue to post new outrages as they come to light.

1. Treatments for Children Suffering From Cancer - The GOP have agreed to a compromise by funding part of the government, including the National Institutes of Health, which offers children with cancer last-chance experimental treatment. Obama has threatened to veto this funding.

2. The World War II Memorial - The WWII memorial on the DC Mall is a 24/7 open-air memorial that is not regularly staffed. Although the White House must have known that WWII veterans in their eighties and nineties had already booked flights to visit this memorial, the White House still found the resources to spitefully barricade the attraction.

The Republican National Committee has offered to cover any costs required to keep the memorial open. The White House refused. Moreover, like the NIH, the GOP will pass a compromise bill that would fund America’s national parks. Obama has threatened to veto that bill.

3. Furloughed Military Chaplains Not Allowed to Work for Free - Furloughed military chaplains willing to celebrate Mass and baptisms for free have been told they will be punished for doing so.

4. Business Stops In Florida Keys - Although the GOP have agreed to compromise in the ongoing budget stalemate and fund the parks, Obama has threatened to veto that funding. As a result, small businesses, hunters, and commercial fisherman can’t practice their trade. While the feds have deemed the personnel necessary to keep this area open “non-essential,” the “enforcement officers” to ensure no business is done are “essential.”

5. Obama Blacks Out Sports, Entertainment Programming to Overseas Troops - The American Forces Network (AFN) that provides American sports and entertainment programming to our troops stationed abroad, has been shut down. For some reason, though, AFN News will still broadcast news, just not any of the popular and fun stuff.

Camp David is essential, but popular programming for heroes overseas is non-essential.

6. Obama Closes D-Day Memorial - The GOP have offered to compromise and fund the National Parks. Obama has said he will veto this compromise legislation. As a result, along with 24 other military cemeteries, the D-Day memorial in Normandy has been barricaded.

7. Obama Tries to Close Privately-Funded Mt. Vernon - Although George Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate is privately funded, the feds blocked visitors from entering the parking area because the Park Service maintains the lot. Apparently, the New Media publicity resulted in the feds backing down.

8. Obama Closes Over 100 Privately-Managed Parks That Cost No Money to Run -  The U.S. Treasury actually makes money from the rent paid by a private company that “employs about 400-500 camp workers and managers across about a dozen states.” No federal money is used to operate these parks. No federal employees are used to staff these parks. Taxpayers make a profit from these parks. Still, Obama had them closed and as a result 400-500 employees and a private business are taking it in the neck.

9. Obama Closes Self-Sustaining Colonial Farm It Hasn’t Supported Since 1980 - “For the first time in 40 years, the National Park Service (NPS) has finally succeeded in closing the Farm down to the public. In previous budget dramas, the Farm has always been exempted since the NPS provides no staff or resources to operate the Farm.”

10. Obama Tries to Close State-Run Parks in Wisconsin - “The park service ordered state officials to close the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine, Devil’s Lake, and Interstate state parks and the state-owned portion of the Horicon Marsh, but state authorities rebuffed the request because the lion’s share of the funding came from state, not federal coffers.”

11. Obama Closes Vietnam Memorial - The GOP have passed compromise legislation that would fund national memorials and parks, and open them to the public. Obama threatened a veto. Apparently, the “essential” government employees are those erecting barricades, not those who could keep the memorial open.

12. Obama Closes Privately-Owned Hotel, Police Block Parking Lot - “The operator of a 51-room inn located on U.S. government-owned land in North Carolina abandoned his defiant stance on Thursday to keep the property open despite being ordered to close as part of the federal government shutdown.”

October is this inn’s prime season. The GOP have offered compromise funding opening the parks. Obama said he will veto that compromise.

State troopers blocked customers from entering the inn’s parking lot.

13. Park Service Ranger: ‘We’ve Been Told to Make Life As Difficult For People As We Can’ - “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

14. Obama Forces Residents Out of Private Homes - “The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they’re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land.”

 

The GOP have agreed to fund the parks. Obama has threatened a veto.

 

15. Acadia Park In Maine Shut Down - ‘”We’ve been training for two years at CrossFit for this hike — no kidding,” Hart said. She added that the shutdown should be as inconvenient for the Washington politicians who caused it as it is for average citizens.’

 

The GOP have agreed to fund the parks. Obama said he will veto.

 

16. Historic Restaurant Open During Last Shutdown Forced to Close - “An iconic Philadelphia restaurant has been forced to close its doors and turn away booked parties because of the government shutdown. …

 

“Restaurant public relations director Molly Yun said they were notified there was a possibility a closure might happen, but they were allowed to remain open during the last government shutdown 17 years ago.”

 

The restaurant is part of the federal park system, which the GOP have agreed to fund. Obama said he will veto the funding.

 

17. Obama Shuts Down a Road Tha Goes Through CO Park: ”The Forest Service announcement, in turn, led the Pitkin County commissioners to order that Maroon Creek Road be shut down at the height of the colorful leaf-changing season. Ahead of what is to be one of the busiest weekends of the fall, the road is to be closed to vehicles at T-Lazy-7 Ranch, pending a resolution to the government shutdown.”

 

The GOP have agreed to fund the parks. Obama said he will veto that compromise funding.

 

18. Residents Plan Protest of Cape Hatteras Closing - “Businesses and residents on the Outer Banks have planned a peaceful protest of the closure of Hatteras Island’s beaches due to the government shut down.

 

“The U.S. House Wednesday passed a measure to reopen national parks and monuments. It will now go to the U.S. Senate.”

 

In the unlikely event the Democrat Senate passes the bill, Obama has threatened a veto of any compromise legislation opening the parks.

 

19. Obama Blocks People From LOOKING at Mt. Rushmore - “Blocking access to trails and programs at South Dakota’s most popular attraction was one thing, but state officials didn’t expect Congress’ budget stalemate to shut down a view of Mount Rushmore.

 

“The National Park Service placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore this week, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument.

 

The cones first went up Oct. 1, said Dusty Johnson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s chief of staff. The state asked that they be taken down, and federal officials did so with some of them. The state was told the cones were a safety precaution to help channel cars into viewing areas rather than to bar their entrance.”

 

20. Crucial USDA Websites Taken Down - “The U.S. Department of Agriculture has turned off its entire website in response to the government shutdown, leaving farmers, reporters and others with no way to access any of the agency’s information online. …

 

“USDA’s total website shutdown goes far beyond the response of other federal agencies, and seems to be part of an effort to make people feel the effects of the shutdown. Thursday morning calls to USDA’s press office seeking an explanation were not answered.”

 

This website is down and yet the ObamaCare and White House websites are up.

 

21. St. Louis Gateway Arch Closed - The GOP have agreed to compromise legislation funding the parks. Obama has threatened a veto.

 Read the entire article here. Hat tip Breitbart

UPDATE: Doriangrey adds this post from his blog, The Wilderness of Mirrors.  Facebook goes all Nazi Stormtrooper on 2 Millions Bikers to DC

UPDATE: Obama-nation! Elderly Couple Tossed Out Of Home They’ve Owned For 40 Years Because Of “Shutdown”  Hat tip Eaglesoars… WZ

UPDATE: FEDS FORCE PRIVATE SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT TO CLOSE BECAUSE OF SHUTDOWN AND THE FALLOUT IS HEARTBREAKING FOR SOME BRIDES   Hat tip Rain of Lead

A Respectful Rebuttal

by Mars ( 125 Comments › )
Filed under Blogmocracy, Conservatism, Cult of Obama, Democratic Party, Economy, Election 2014, Free Speech, government, Guest Post, Health Care, Healthcare, Media, Politics, Polls, Progressives, Republican Party at October 4th, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Friday we were presented with this article.  I had already been involved with some research related to this so I decided it was necessary to point out the areas that this belief is wrong and that we are actually involved in the battle we should be.

http://www.theblogmocracy.com/2013/10/04/friday-with-the-hammer-republicans-should-have-fought-over-the-debt-ceiling-not-obamacare-funding/

Goldwaterite is a good friend and I have nothing but respect for him.  However, in this case he is severely wrong.  The evidence out there does not back up his claims.  The idea that we should have fought the debt ceiling and allowed Obamacare to go on unfought is not only wrong but dangerously so.  It also highly overestimates the interest the public has in the debt ceiling.   He put out numbers that 60 – 80 some percent of the public opposed the debt ceiling hike.  Well, in order to make the article fair I searched for these numbers in order to put them here and compare to the other information I have found.  I was not able to find that information.  Here are the numbers I was able to find on the debt ceiling.  These numbers are recent and represent the true level of apathy the American public has toward this issue.  In fact in past debt ceiling arguments the Republicans have been viewed as the bad guys and have failed to let the public know what the entire argument is about.

Another Terrifying Debt Ceiling Poll Shows How Republicans Are Willing To Go Nuclear
Brett LoGiurato Oct. 2, 2013, 9:42 AM 2,982 29

Another poll — this time from CNN/ORC — shows that Republicans are pretty OK with the possibility of breaching the debt ceiling.

According to the poll, 52% of Republicans would consider it a “good thing” if the debt ceiling is not raised, compared with 40% who said it would be a “bad thing.”

Overall, 56% of Americans said this would be a bad thing, and 38% said it would be a good thing. On Tuesday night, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent a letter to Congressional leaders notifying them that the Treasury was using its “final extraordinary measures” before an Oct. 17 deadline.

In the CNN/ORC poll, the possibility of breaching the debt ceiling is described as one in which the “government will not have enough money to pay all of its debts and keep all existing government programs running.”

This aligns with a recent Washington Post/ABC poll, which found that Republicans split 25-61 against raising the debt ceiling.

The poll showed that overall, voters believe that by a 46-43 margin, Congress should raise the nation’s debt limit before a mid-October deadline — perhaps underestimating the consequences of the last near-crisis.

In that poll, however, a vast majority of Republicans — and the vast majority of Americans overall — said that not raising the debt ceiling would “cause serious harm” to the U.S. economy. By a 66-27 split, Republicans are aware that failure to lift the nation’s borrowing limit could inflict serious consequences. Overall, 73% of Americans believe it will cause serious harm.

According to the CNN/ORC poll, Republicans would take the brunt of the blame from a public that, overall, thinks it would be a bad thing if the debt limit is not raised. 53% of respondents said they would blame Congressional Republicans, while 31% would blame President Barack Obama.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/debt-ceiling-poll-republicans-gop-government-shutdown-2013-10#ixzz2gnQycpHO

This was two days ago. The closest I could find to support Goldwaterites argument is this article from September 13th.

NBC/WSJ poll shows 2:1 opposition to raising the debt ceiling
posted at 8:41 am on September 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The polling news hasn’t improved much for Barack Obama, even without a military attack on Syria in the offing. A new poll from NBC and the Wall Street Journal shows Americans lining up 2:1 against the debt-ceiling increase Obama needs, and his credibility dropping on a wide range of issues:

Americans overwhelmingly do not think Congress should raise the nation’s debt limit as President Barack Obama and Congress prepare once again to wage battle over the issue, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

By a 44-22 percent margin, Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling, which again puts the president in the difficult position of needing to make the case for an unpopular policy with a deadline quickly approaching.

The poll results come as the U.S. Treasury Department says the country will reach its debt limit by mid-October. The Bipartisan Policy Center estimates the limit will be reached by Oct. 18, and the U.S. could default by Nov. 5.

“People’s first instinct is how fed up they are with Washington and spending,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the poll with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart. “This is a very difficult issue in terms of public opinion.”

The NBC report also notes that the last time we had a showdown over the debt ceiling, the debate started with similar numbers — 39/28 against raising the debt limit. After a month had passed, that flipped to 31/38, after a few weeks of being a front-burner issue. This still leaves Democrats with a big problem, though, because they planned to use Republican opposition to a debt-ceiling increase as an argument for GOP irresponsibility. Harry Reid has already taken a break from his “OMG Assad is HITLER!” screechifying to call Republicans “anarchists” for that opposition, but that’s a big word to toss around when only 22% of the voters are in your corner. Republicans won’t refuse to raise the debt ceiling — they’d need a balanced budget for that, and we’re years away from one in anyone’s best plan — but the public sentiment gives them a lot more leverage to gain painful concessions from Obama before approving it.

Now keep in mind that the best they could state was a 2:1 belief. Now here is the numbers of people opposing Obamacare.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/tygrrrr-express/2013/oct/4/why-obamacare-remains-hated/
Why America still hates Obamacare

Three years after becoming law, Obamacare remains unpopular by a majority of voters. Theories abound as to why. The answer is simple. Photo: The People’s Cube
Friday, October 4, 2013 – The Tygrrrr Express by Eric Golub
Eric Golub

LOS ANGELES, October 4, 2013—The government shutdown is a direct conflict over the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Republicans want to fund the entire government except for this program. Democrats are willing to keep the entire government shut down rather than see Obamacare defunded.

Three years after passage, Obamacare remains a program reviled on the right.

Why? Why does this particular program enrage conservatives?

Some have advanced the racial motive. This theory is poisonous, and nobody advancing it deserves to have their views heard in any serious forum. Obamacare objections are policy based. President Obama is being treated exactly as John Kerry, Al Gore or Hillary Clinton would be advancing the same policy.

Others insist the breadth of hatred is overstated. Polls consistently show a majority of Americans against Obamacare. Not one poll ever gave Obamacare majority support. Yet many liberals insist the polls are misleading. Liberals claim that many people oppose Obamacare for not going far enough to a direct Canadian-style single-payer system. No evidence corroborates this assertion. Hardened opposition remains on the right.

Some claim the problem is one of marketing. Powerful right-wing forces funded by subversives from the Koch Brothers to Ronald Reagan’s ghost are spending money to defeat Obamacare.

Participation in the political process remains legal, and Obama has the world’s most powerful advertising agency. The White House bully pulpit is unmatched in its powerful ability to sell, market and advertise programs. Obama spent months speaking about his program before it was enacted. To this day he touts it as successful. The left claims (incorrectly) that Obama won reelection because of this program. It would be contradictory to say he successfully sold himself to voters based on this program and then turn around and criticize his salesmanship of Obamacare as insufficient.

Obama won reelection in spite of Obamacare. He ran from it, not on it. Trailing by four points after a disastrous first debate, he rebounded through a combination of hardball politics (demonizing Mitt Romney as a felon and murderer), a lapdog media (Candy Crowley rescuing him in the second debate) and incredibly good luck (a hurricane the week before the election). Obamacare was an albatross that cost him plenty of votes, just not enough to lose.

Obamacare is hated not because of racism, bad marketing, or poor salesmanship. It is hated because the product is defective. Critics hated it because of what they thought it would be. They still hate it because they are convinced their concerns have been proven right.

The Tea Party formed specifically to oppose Obamacare. Republican Scott Brown was elected in ultra-liberal Massachusetts specifically due to his opposing Obamacare. The Republicans now had 41 votes to filibuster and block the bill from becoming law. Rather than accept defeat, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi resorted to barely legal and ethically questionable parliamentary maneuvers to pass it under “reconciliation,” which required only 51 Senate votes instead of 60. The House then “deemed” the Senate bill passed without having to go to a conference committee. If President George W. Bush had tried this with a Republican Congress, liberals would have gone ballistic. A liberal Congress did, and the right went ballistic. It was dirty pool, an ends justify the means approach.

The 2010 elections were a referendum on Obamacare, and Obama took a “shellacking.” Yet he persisted. Democrats could have passed popular piecemeal programs such as portability and preexisting conditions legislation. They could have done a truly bipartisan bill with Republican ideas such as legal reform and selling across state lines. Obama’s hyper-partisan approach was to say “I won.”

Once the bill became law, promises Obama made were proven false. “If you like your doctor or your plan, you can keep it.” This is not true. People are currently receiving cancellation letters. Obama promised reduced costs, but it is impossible to give more of something to more people and have it cost less.

The individual mandate has the right in a frenzy. If the government can make people buy a product, where does the line stop?

Then there is the alleged corruption from inception to completion. Passing it required the Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback. Now there are the waivers for Obama’s union allies. Members of Congress and their staff have waivers. Business was given a one year delay. This violates the basic notion of fairness Obama keeps talking about.

The idea of the IRS administering the law scares the daylights out of conservatives, especially in light of IRS abuses targeting conservatives for working within the political process to oppose it. Obama’s use of the full weight of his government to attack large swaths of citizens only deepened their mistrust and hardened their opposition. His attacking these people personally made it impossible for him to gain support when he needed it.

The program has been besieged by what the administration called “glitches.” Yet the administration had three years to prepare for implementation. This only validates those who believe government is a lumbering bureaucracy incapable of doing critical functions properly.

Obama promised to reduce costs, cover more people, and provide better care to a country where 85% of people had healthcare and were satisfied with it. He still does not cover the remaining 15%. Costs are rising for more people than are seeing reductions. Many businesses are reducing employees from 40 hours per week to 28 to avoid the mandate of covering any employee working 30 hours weekly. Other companies are just canceling insurance for all of their employees. Obamacare supporters have no answer to this problem.

Obamacare is a bad law. It was described deceitfully, enacted into law dishonestly, implemented inefficiently, and affecting far too many people adversely.

The bad outweighs the good, which is why a majority of people detest it.

Obamacare’s problem is Obamacare.

Poll: Obamacare remains highly unpopular as implementation looms
By Mark Murray, Senior Political Editor, NBC News

A large number of Americans continue to adamantly oppose the nation’s new health-care law and believe it will produce damaging results, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-four percent of respondents call the health-care law a bad idea, while 31 percent believe it’s a good idea — virtually unchanged from July’s NBC/WSJ survey.

By a 45 percent to 23 percent margin, Americans say it will have a negative impact on the country’s health-care system rather than a positive one.

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Attendees cheer at the Tea Party Patriots ‘Exempt America from Obamacare’ rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 10, 2013.

And 30 percent of respondents think it will have a negative impact on their families. Just 12 percent think it will be positive and a majority — 53 percent — don’t believe it will have an impact one way or another.

Responses to an open-ended question in the poll about the law are especially revealing, showing little has changed in the public’s perception as the Obama administration races to meet implementation deadlines next month.

“We’re going to get worse health care, and it’s going to increase the debt,” said one Republican-leaning female from North Carolina. “There are death panels in there, and they’re going to decide whether people get treatment or not.”

Others remain confused about what’s in it. “I don’t know personally how it’s going to affect me,” said another GOP-leaning opponent of the law from Ohio.

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/15/20506193-poll-obamacare-remains-highly-unpopular-as-implementation-looms?lite

Keep in mind this article is from the same period as the debt ceiling numbers that Goldwaterite promotes. The numbers on Obamacare are far more devastating than those on the debt ceiling.

Other reasons that this is the battle that needed to be fought right now are because the battle started just before Obamacare went into full implementation on October 1st this put it fresh in the minds of the public and kept their attention. Next, people were already beginning to feel the pain from Obamacare and its mandates. Next, while the government has been “shutdown” it has little to no effect on peoples everyday lives and most people are beginning to see that. The same can be said for the debt ceiling but that is in a more negative way, people see that whether the debt ceiling is increased or not has not effect, so it doesn’t make any sense to them on why it matters. Also, the longer this is going on the more obstructionist Obama and the Dems look. It’s getting harder for the media to run interference for them when there is more and more video of them stating that they won’t work with the Republicans on even simple common sense partial funding bills. Harry Reid saying that kids with cancer don’t really matter to him is a killer. The longer this goes on the worse they are going to look. People are getting tired of hearing the Republicans called “terrorists”, “arsonists”, and “anarchists”. As long as the Republicans continue to act with civility and appear to be the party offering options they can win this in the long run. Holding back the fight until after the October 1st implementation would have insured the fight would never be fought. Just like Obama demanding a clean bill be put forward, when, exactly, would the battle be taken back up if that was done? The answer is never as long as Obama is President.

And for any people still doubting that this is having an effect in the PR war I have an interesting little local news article that won’t be carried on any national media outlets. The Park Service just informed the MT Honor Flight vets that contrary to what they said on the 1st, the vets will be allowed access to the WW2 Memorial. This just came over my local radio an hour ago.

Oh and things like this don’t look good for Reid and cronies.

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/3/pruden-the-cheap-tricks-of-the-game/#ixzz2gnWys0Xc
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The public is beginning to understand the games the dems play. Now if the Republicans can get out there and get the message to the LIV, this game is over. The public has a short memory but most are realizing that the sequester, that Obama wanted but claimed was the end of the world, has had no effect on their lives, the same thing is coming out over the shutdown. The rhetoric from the left is getting harsher and more difficult for people to believe. I even had a democrat tell me yesterday that the meeting Obama wanted with the leaders of both parties would never be a negotiation, just a lecture. And she was angry about it. Even a democrat wanted Obama to negotiate so they could “get those poor federal workers back on the job.”

If this isn’t the right battle at the right time, then nothing is. The only question is do the Republicans have the spine to keep it going or are they going to grab at a desperate way out?

New Australian Administration Scraps Climate Commission.

by huckfunn ( 4 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Business, Economy, Energy, Environmentalism, Global Warming Hoax, government, Headlines, Politics, Progressives, Regulation, Socialism, taxation at September 19th, 2013 - 9:23 am

Good news indeed! Newly elected Australian PM Tony Abbott was sworn in yesterday. One of his first acts was the closing of the Climate Commission, the agency responsible for administering Julia Gillard’s (the PM that Abbott recently defeated) carbon tax. By the way, Gillard’s tax on carbon emissions is similar to the emissions tax  imposed on the coal industry by Obama’s EPA. That tax was Obama’s way of side-stepping Congress’ rejection of Cap and Trade.

Tony Abbott was sworn in yesterday. Today Greg Hunt rang Tim Flannery to tell him the commission is closed. His $180,000 3-day-a-week job as a sales agent for “climate change” is over.

BREAKING (ABC):  The Abbott Government has abolished the Climate Commission, pushing ahead with its plan to scrap government bodies associated with Labor’s carbon pricing scheme and climate change policy.

The commission was set up under then prime minister Julia Gillard in February 2011 as an independent body “to provide reliable and authoritative” information on climate change.

Jo Nova applauds the Abbott government decision to cut waste and to stop funding an inept unscientific agency which was unbalanced to the point of being government advertising in disguise.  Today is a great day for taxpayers. This agency propped up billions of dollars in pointless futile government spending trying to change the weather. Nothing will bring back money spent on desal plants that were mothballed when the floods came that real scientists predicted. Likewise the money burned on solar panels and windfarms is gone for good too, and still going.

Read the entire article here.  HT – Climate Depot

NRA and ACLU join forces against the NSA

by Rodan ( 97 Comments › )
Filed under government at September 5th, 2013 - 12:13 pm

The NSA issue and Syria intervention is destroying the Left-Right divide. In another odd couple alliance, the ACLU has been joined by the NRA in a lawsuit against the NSA.

The National Rifle Association joined the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit on Wednesday to end the government’s massive phone record collection program.

In a brief filed in federal court, the NRA argues that the National Security Agency’s database of phone records amounts to a “national gun registry.”

“It would be absurd to think that the Congress would adopt and maintain a web of statutes intended to protect against the creation of a national gun registry, while simultaneously authorizing the FBI and the NSA to gather records that could effectively create just such a registry,” the group writes.

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In its filing, the gun-rights group claims that the NSA’s database would allow the government to identify and track gun owners based on whether they’ve called gun stores, shooting ranges or the NRA.

“Under the government’s reading of Section 215, the government could simply demand the periodic submission of all firearms dealers’ transaction records, then centralize them in a database indexed by the buyers’ names for later searching,” the NRA writes.

I hope the NRA and ACLU prevail.

Fracking Makes the U.S. the World’s Top Petroleum Producer

by huckfunn ( 11 Comments › )
Filed under Cult of Obama, Economy, Energy, Environmentalism, EPA, government, Special Report at August 9th, 2013 - 9:56 pm

OK, I give up. The media has now unofficially re-named the practice of hydraulic fracturing from “fracing” to “fracking”. So be it. At any rate, the practice of fracking hydrocarbon bearing rock formations has been around for over 60 years. It has been used to great success most recently in the newly discovered shale fields around the U.S. Fracking has been so successful that the U.S. now leads the world in petroleum production and has held that lead since April. Saudi Arabia now sees fracking in the U.S. as a direct threat to its economic future. The U.S.  surge in production has resulted in spite of every effort by the EPA and environmental groups to vilify and ban the practice of fracking.

The United States was the world’s top petroleum producer in April, according to recently released federal data, marking six straight months of dominance in the market that experts attribute to the ongoing shale oil boom.

Those experts say that the data point to a new era of energy abundance, undercutting long-held theories that oil shortages would force the United States to seek other means of energy production.

According to data released this week by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. produced 12.09 million barrels per day (mbpd) of petroleum in April. That outpaced Saudi Arabia, which produced 11.2 mbpd that month.

It marked the sixth straight month for the U.S. as the world’s leading petroleum producer. The trend began in November of last year.

Mark Perry, an economics and finance professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, noted that EIA data showed that the United States in April produced more petroleum than all countries in Europe, Central America, and South America combined.

“This is more evidence that America’s shale energy revolution is taking us from ‘resource scarcity’ to a new era of ‘resource abundance,’” Perry wrote on the American Enterprise Institute website, where he is a scholar.

“This energy bonanza in the U.S. … would have been largely unthinkable even five years ago,” Perry explained. “But then thanks to revolutionary drilling techniques developed by America’s ‘petropreneurs’ like George P. Mitchell, we’ve unlocked vast oceans of shale oil and gas across the U.S.”

Mitchell, who died of natural causes at age 94 last week, pioneered the revolutionary oil and gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing, which experts credit with unlocking massive reserves of oil and gas deposits in shale formations around the country.

Despite the economic benefits brought on by the technology, environmentalists have vociferously opposed hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” Many have relied on factual misstatements or outright falsehoods to support their case against the practice.

While many parts of the U.S. are now enjoying booming economies from higher production, the New York legislature has placed a 5 year moratorium on fracking thus denying economic benefits to New York landowners and a revenue windfall to the state treasury.

After fighting anti-fracking forces in the state of New York for years, Chesapeake Energy has decided to walk away from its natural gas drilling leases and go elsewhere.

Since 2008, the state of New York has imposed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing—known more commonly as “fracking.” Groups like New Yorkers Against Fracking have kept the pressure on, hosting star-studded concert rallies featuring actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, as well as Natalie Merchant, John Sebastian, Joan Osborne, and others.

The ban and anti-fracking advocacy, combined with a costly legal battle to renew natural gas drilling leases  under their original, more favorable terms, prompted Chesapeake to give up its fight and leave New Yorkers out of jobs and without economic growth “while neighboring states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia experience an energy drilling renaissance,” says Reuters.

Kevin Colosimo, a trustee at large for the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, says citizens in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania are reaping big rewards from the natural gas boom.

“Almost a quarter-million people in Pennsylvania work to produce natural gas from the Marcellus Shale or in related industries… The average salary in core fracking industries is more than $90,000 a year,” writes Colosimo. “In 2010 alone, oil and gas development utilizing fracking contributed more than $11 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.”

Experts say the earliest New York might lift its ban on fracking would be in 2014.

Read the entire article here.  Hat top – The Washington Free Beacon

 

All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives

by Guest Post ( 2 Comments › )
Filed under government at July 26th, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Guest Blogger: Doriangrey

 


Back in ye olden days, before Ed Morrissey’s dainty little panties got in a bunch and he swooned into a frightful faint, I had pointed out on a number of occasions the fatal Achilles heel of Obamacare. It is and was a minor yet significant little fact that no less that the arch mage of evil, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, John Glover Roberts, Jr painted across the sky in 100 mile tall brightly lit glowing neon letters.

Article I Section 7.

All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.

Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a law. But in all such cases the votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against the bill shall be entered on the journal of each House respectively. If any bill shall not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not be a law.

Every order, resolution, or vote to which the concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the same shall take effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill.

The abomination known as “The Affordable Health Care Act” Obamacare for short, did not originate in the House of Representatives and was declared therefore by the Supreme Court to be Unconstitutional when they declared Obamacare to be constitutional because it was a Tax. Sadly the GOP Leadership under John “Crybaby” Boehnor is both cowardly and utterly corrupt and despite Chief Justice Robert’s all but taking them by the hand and showing them how to render Obamacare null and void.

It has become painfully and indisputably clear that the Democrat’s in Republican Cloths like John McVain, John Boenher and Mitch McConnell have absolutely no intention what-so-ever of opposing any of the Democrat/Marxist Cloward-Pivens strategy driven agenda. It is however quiet fortunate that not all elected Republican representatives are as morally corrupt as the McVain, Boenhor and McConnell.

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul it would appear have actually read the US Constitution and fully intend to use it to oppose the Democrat/Marxist agenda of Obama and the corrupt GOP leadership.

Movement to defund ObamaCare grows
By Elise Viebeck – 07/25/13 02:50 PM ET

A growing group of congressional Republicans is pushing leaders to defund ObamaCare in the next government spending bill, setting the stage for a showdown in September, when the current continuing resolution expires.

Twelve Senate Republicans sent a letter Thursday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declaring they would not support a government funding bill unless it excludes funds for the healthcare law.

And 66 House Republicans, more than one quarter of the conference, have signed on to a similar letter from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) urging Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) not to allow votes on a government funding bill unless it chokes off money for the Affordable Care Act.

Supporters see these efforts as their last chance to cripple healthcare reform before its major provisions take effect in October. But the government will shut down after Sept. 31 unless the House, Senate and the White House reach an agreement on another continuing resolution or appropriations bill.

The best part about this plan, is that it has been made possible by the corrupt leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid themselves. The United States Constitution requires that the House and the Senate produce and pass a budget every single year. By intentionally avoiding that constitutional requirement Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and their conspirators in corruption within the GOP leadership have made it possible for those within the Republican Party who are still honorable to hoist Reid, Pelosi, Boehnor and McConnell upon their own petards.

(Cross Posted @ The Wilderness of Mirrors)